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Natalie Dormer (‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’) on playing a ‘draconian’ headmistress in new limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Joan Lindsay‘s 1967 historical novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was already adapted into a 1975 film by Peter Weir, so one might wonder what a new TV version could have to offer, but not star Natalie Dormer. “The original material is just so dense,” she explains. “There’s so much subtext there that isn’t really ever fully explored” in the previous movie. With the six-hour Amazon limited series, Dormer wanted to “expand and flesh out that original novel in a way that it’s been begging to” since its publication more than 50 years ago. Watch our exclusive video interview with Dormer above.

See Emmy spotlight: Natalie Dormer is wickedly good as headmistress in Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock

The series centers on a group of Australian schoolgirls who inexplicably go missing while on a Valentine’s Day picnic at Hanging Rock in 1900. Dormer plays Mrs. Appleyard, the tyrannical headmistress at the girls’ boarding school.
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‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ Showrunner Larysa Kondracki Inks With Wme

Exclusive: Larysa Kondracki, who co-wrote and directed the Rachel Weisz sex-trafficking drama The Whistleblower and is currently showrunner of Amazon’s just-released limited series Picnic At Hanging Rock, has signed with Wme. The director-writer-producer also helmed the pilot of the six-episode series starring Natalie Dormer as well as the next two episodes. Hanging Rock, a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay's Australian novel from distributor FremantleMedia International…
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‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Just Made the Emmy Cutoff — But It’s Unclear If That’s a Winning Strategy

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May used to be a no-fly zone for series premieres, as the traditional TV season was ending — and no one wanted to risk launching a show just as audiences were heading outdoors for summer break.

But there’s no such thing as a TV off-season, and the streaming services have started capitalizing on the broadcast networks’ traditional “Gone Fishing” sign. What’s more, they’ve started stacking premieres at the end of May, in order to slide just under the Emmy May 31 eligibility wire.

On May 30, Netflix squeaked in the first six episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 4, and the day before that, the first half of “Arrested Development” Season 5. Amazon, meanwhile, got the Natalie Dormer drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” up on May 25.

Also getting up at the last minute: The Netflix specials “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,
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Emmy spotlight: Natalie Dormer is wickedly good as headmistress in Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

Emmy spotlight: Natalie Dormer is wickedly good as headmistress in Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’
Natalie Dormer has made a name for herself playing complex noblewomen in shows like “Game of Thrones” and “The Tudors” in recent years, but Amazon’s new limited series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” provides her with the role she was born to play. As Hester Appleyard, the wicked headmistress of a college for girls in 1900s Australia, Dormer proves that she is more than capable of commanding her own show, turning in one of the best performances of her career. Margaery Tyrell and Anne Boelyn have got nothing on the indomitable Mrs. Appleyard. Could Dormer get an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Actress?

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Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Amazon’s program based on the Joan Lindsay novel of the same name, tells the story of a group of girls at Mrs. Appleyard’s college
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Jamie Foxx cast as Spawn in Todd McFarlane’s directorial debut

Jamie Foxx has landed the role of Spawn in Todd McFarlane’s big screen directorial debut of his own comic book creation.

Foxx will play the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice. McFarlane has also adapted the script from his own comic book series.

The plot for the project reads; After being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Newman is double-crossed in Hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife. But Spawn finds himself stuck in a demonic creature shell, and that his wife moved on and married his best friend. So this is one pissed-off antihero who attends to dispatching the scum of the city in good and evil battles that encompass Earth, Heaven and Hell.
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Lily Sullivan and Lola Bessis on the Freedom & Sisterhood of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

From showrunner Larysa Kondracki and adapted from the iconic 1967 Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, the miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock (streaming at Amazon Prime) tells the story of what happens when a group of schoolgirls from a local college take a day trip to Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900, and three of the girls and their governess go missing. The disappearance deeply affects the students family and staff of Appleyard College, none more so than enigmatic headmistress Hester Appleyard (Natalie Dormer), who becomes increasingly fearful that her own dark and secret past will be revealed. At the …
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Showrunner Tells Us Her ‘Cockamamy’ Theory About Missing Girls’ Fate

(Spoiler alert: Read at your own risk if you haven’t seen all of Amazon’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”)

By the end of the Amazon limited series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” audiences still don’t know what happened to the girls who went missing at the beginning. But showrunner and director Larysa Kondracki hopes her “enchanted chiller” will give fans an “emotionally satisfying conclusion” nonetheless.

If that’s not good enough for you, Kondracki told TheWrap she has her own “cockamamy idea” about what happened to the young ladies at the center of the TV adaptation based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, which the director describes as “‘Heathers’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club,’ with a little bit of ‘The Shining.'”

Also Read: 'Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was 'Delicious' to 'Unravel' in Adaptation

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Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne on Crafting a Compelling Thriller with ‘In Darkness’

From director Anthony Byrne, who co-wrote the film with his partner Natalie Dormer, the dramatic thriller In Darkness follows Sofia (played by Dormer), a blind pianist who overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor, Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). As a result, Sofia finds herself in the presence of Veronique’s father, suspected war criminal Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), and she’s drawn into a dangerous world of corruption where everyone is keeping secrets. At the film’s L.A. press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-…
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Natalie Dormer to star as Vivien Leigh in new limited series

Former Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer is set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline reporting that the actress is set to take on the role of Gone with the Wind star Vivien Leigh in a new limited series drama from FremantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures.

According to the site, the series will focus on Leigh’s personal and professional successes and struggles, with each episode centring on a specific project that the actress worked on. The series is being penned by Stewart Harcourt (Churchill’s Secret) and will also drawn upon Kendra Bean’s 2013 biography Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait.

“The story of the legendary movie star will be a compelling exploration of the woman who was transcendently known for some of the most memorable screen performances of all time,” said FremantleMedia Evp and Creative Director of Global Drama Christian Vesper. “We’re looking forward to working
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Natalie Dormer to tackle Vivien Leigh series

Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is to star and produce in a new series based on the personal and professional life of Hollywood’s Vivien Leigh.

Dormer will team up with FremantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures to create the series. Episode count has not been finalised but the vision is to break down each episode on certain milestones in Leigh’s life. These could include focusing on her long-standing marriage to Laurence Olivier, the classic films she worked on such as Gone with the Wind, to her mental health issues.

Speaking to Deadline Christian Vesper, FremantleMedia Evp and Creative Director, Global Drama said “The story of the legendary movie star will be a compelling exploration of the woman who was transcendently known for some of the most memorable screen performances of all time,”

Also in the news – Danny Boyle finally confirmed to take the helm on Bond 25

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Ed Skrein on His Love for ‘In Darkness’ & Playing a Cyborg in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

From director Anthony Byrne, who co-wrote the film with his partner Natalie Dormer, the dramatic thriller In Darkness follows Sofia (played by Dormer), a blind pianist who overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor, Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). As a result, Sofia finds herself in the presence of Veronique’s father, suspected war criminal Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), and she’s drawn into a dangerous world of corruption where everyone is keeping secrets. At the film’s L.A. press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-…
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The Week In Deadline Videos & Podcasts: Ron Howard, Will Yun Lee & Natalie Dormer

This week’s roundup of Deadline’s video series and podcasts includes an array of guests that will give you something to watch and listen throughout Memorial Day weekend. Behind The Lens goes on location to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival, where Pete Hammond sat down a few days ago with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for a wide-ranging discussion of the varied aspects of his career. For Next Generation TV, Dominic Patten talks with Natalie Dormer about…
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The Week In Deadline Videos & Podcasts: Ron Howard, Will Yun Lee & Natalie Dormer

This week’s roundup of Deadline’s video series and podcasts includes an array of guests that will give you something to watch and listen throughout Memorial Day weekend. Behind The Lens goes on location to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival, where Pete Hammond sat down a few days ago with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for a wide-ranging discussion of the varied aspects of his career. For Next Generation TV, Dominic Patten talks with Natalie Dormer about…
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45 New and Returning Shows You Want to Watch This Summer

Surprise!!

There is a lot of programming on during the summer months that you want to watch.

You may not have realized it, but once you scroll through the upcoming pages, you'll be thumping yourself in the forehead.

1. Picnic at Hanging Rock - Amazon Streaming now. A six-episode, Australian-produced adaptation of Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel about a group of schoolgirls who go missing on an outing. It stars Natalie Dormer and Yael Stone. 2. Six - History Monday, May 28, 10/9c and returns Wednesday, May 30, in regular timeslot. The ten-episode second season of “Six” follows Navy Seal Team Six in a mission to destroy the terrorist network responsible for the shooting of their former team leader. 3. 100 Code - Wgn Tues May 10/9 -- Dominic Monaghan and Michael Nyqvist star in this Swedish-produced crime thriller about an international pair of cops investigating a series of murders in New York and Stockholm. 4. Animal Kingdom - TNT Tuesday,
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Review: Overlong and Overplotted, Amazon’s Gorgeous Adaptation Can’t Recapture the Magic

Joan Lindsay’s novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was a mere 212 pages when first printed in 1967. Peter Weir’s 1975 movie of the same name clocked in under two hours (115 minutes). Both have been praised for their mysterious takes on the story of four women who disappear in the Australian bush — the novel for framing the events as a true story (it wasn’t) and the film for its challenging, open-ended conclusion, among other attributes for both.

The new TV adaptation builds on many of these same traits, but a funny thing happens when you try to elongate a surreal horror story by providing explicit details: It gets boring. In extending the length to a six-hour limited series, Amazon’s 2018 version loses much of the original works’ imaginative appeal even while providing added agency to its characters. Each of the key students at Mrs. Hester Appleyard’s (Natalie Dormer) school (as
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Showrunner Larysa Kondracki on Creating Amazon’s Stylish Adaptation

From showrunner Larysa Kondracki and adapted from the iconic 1967 Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, the mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock (streaming at Amazon Prime) tells the story of what happens when a group of schoolgirls from a local college take a day trip to Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900, and three of the girls and their governess go missing. The disappearance deeply affects the students family and staff of Appleyard College, none more so than enigmatic headmistress Hester Appleyard (Natalie Dormer), who becomes increasingly fearful that her own dark and secret past will be revealed. At …
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: Natalie Dormer Says Amazon Series ‘Takes Nothing Away’ From Peter Weir Masterpiece

‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: Natalie Dormer Says Amazon Series ‘Takes Nothing Away’ From Peter Weir Masterpiece
Peter Weir’s 1975 film “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” much like the geologic formation named in its title, casts a very long shadow. Based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay, the movie adaptation tells the story of three young women and a teacher from Appleyard College, who go missing during a Valentine’s Day outing in 1900.

Considered a masterpiece of Australian filmmaking and an achievement in Weir’s early career, the movie created a haunting Victorian aesthetic that is still referenced in films, fashion, and other art forms to this day. Because of this impact, the movie looked as if it would be one of the few classics that would remain untouched by the latest wave of remakes and reboots. Then a group of women came along to change that.

Showrunner and director Larysa Kondracki and star Natalie Dormer spoke to IndieWire about why they dared to
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TVLine Items: Scott Foley Joins Felicity Reunion, Queer Eye Premiere and More

TVLine Items: Scott Foley Joins Felicity Reunion, Queer Eye Premiere and More
The Felicity love triangle is now complete: Scott Foley — who played the titular heroine’s R.A./boyfriend Noel — will attend the WB college drama’s reunion panel at this year’s Atx Festival, EW.com reports.

The actor joins fellow participants/series stars Keri Russell (Felicity), Scott Speedman (Ben), Tangi Miller (Elena), Amanda Foreman (Meghan), Amy Jo Johnson (Julie) and Ian Gomez (Javier). Director/producer Lawrence Trilling will also be in attendance.

The Atx Festival takes place June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.

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* Queer Eye will return for Season 2 on Friday,
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri May 25

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Carla Simón writes (with Valentina Viso) and directs this drama about a young girl (Laia Artigas) coping with the sudden death of her mother.

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Mary Shelley

Haifaa Al-Mansour cowrites (with Emma Jensen) and directs this biopic of the mother of science fiction, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (Elle Fanning).

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How Long Will I Love U

Su Lun writes and directs this science-fiction romance about a woman (Liya Tong) who falls in love with a man across time.

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The Gospel According to André

Kate Novack directs this documentary about fashion icon and Vogue editor André Leon Talley.

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In Darkness

Natalie Dormer cowrites and stars in this thriller about a blind woman who aurally witnesses the murder of her neighbor. (male director)

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Philippa Goslett cowrites this sci-fi rom-com about a young man who falls
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation

‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation
Natalie Dormer is mad about her latest gig, “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” Partly because she gets to go mad in the new Amazon limited series based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name.

The former “Game of Thrones” star leads the cast of the adaptation as Mrs. Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic headmistress of Appleyard College, a boarding school that she established for young ladies isolated in Australian bushland. The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff at Appleyard College and the nearby town.

“It’s not so much the actual thing of what happened to them, it’s the ripple effect to this community and all these different personalities on what that event does to people. You know, that’s the drama,” Dormer said.
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